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Ian Goslin
Program Coordinator, Horticulture (Bilingual)
University of Illinois Extension
1505 Valle Vista Blvd
Pekin, IL 61554-6245
Phone: 309-347-6614
FAX: 309-347-5472

Paula Lane
Office Support Assistant
University of Illinois Extension
127 S High St, Ste 1
Havana, IL 62644-1496
Phone: 309-543-3308

Rhonda J. Ferree
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
127 S High St, Ste 1
Havana, IL 62644-1496
Phone: 309-543-3308

Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners

County-Peoria Master Gardeners

Monthly Meetings

Educational programs are open to the public. 

3rd Wed; Unless otherwise noted, social at 12:30 p.m., program at 1:00 followed by membership meeting at 2:00 at University of Illinois Extension, Peoria County branch office– February through November (President: Chuck Crider) 

  • September 19, evening – All Unit MG meeting serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria, & Tazewell counties at Luthy Botanical Gardens
  • October 17 – TBD
  • November 21 – TBD

Master Gardener Projects - Long Term

Dig It Blog……A team of MGs blog regularly for this Peoria Journal Star blog about garden topics and to promote Extension and the MG program. Contact Patricia (309)446-9068 if you want to blog. Project Chair- Patricia Middleton -

 Forrest Hill Organic Community Garden….. 706 E. Forrest Hill, Peoria is a cooperative project started by community members who were interested in learning to grow food locally and organically in a more sustainable and nutrient rich way. MG’s and interns are welcome to become part time or ongoing supporters of this project.  There are many opportunities for helping less experienced people and learning from more experienced people.  There are several group work days during the growing season, but much of the weeding, watering, and general garden maintenance is done by individual members throughout the year.  The first two group work days are on April 7th and April 21st from 10am-1pm.  Contact Harry Elger - (309) 682-9717, Greg Barta - (309) 370-6411, or Sunil Sharma - (616) 218-2984 for more information. Project Chair- Harry Elger –

Gardens at War Memorial Drive and Knoxville….This garden is a joint effort by Master Gardeners, the City of Peoria and local home owners associations to beautify one of Peoria’s  historic intersections.  Project Chair-Polly Wagner-

 Hoop House Garden at Common Place….This is a project  by the  4H Spark Tank team of Peoria to build and operate a hoop house garden to help their community.  Master Gardeners, Common Place staff and participants, City of Peoria staff, and community volunteers all help support the Spark Tank teens. Project Chair-Martha Willi-

Holy Family Church’s  St. Fiacre Gardens......  Learn how to operate, work, manage church and school gardens. Come see 10 church gardens and 12 spiritual statues. Gardens include Adoration, Bamboo, Butterfly, Hosta, Hydrangea, Island, Memorial, Patio, Rose and School gardens. Volunteer workdays are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9-12 starting April 28, 2018. Project Chair Bob Reading-

 Hort. Help Line.…..(walk-in, telephone, mail, & email) answering questions on flowers, vegetables, insects, plant disease, turf, trees, and landscaping. Co-chairs: Patricia Middleton and Michelle Campen.  Contact Michele Campen (309) 697-6054 because she does the scheduling. Project Chair- Michele Campen -

 ICC..….(Illinois Central College Land Laboratory in E. Peoria) Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Master Gardeners plan and maintain demonstration gardens for the public and host educational events throughout the growing season.   Peoria workdays are Tuesday mornings, but volunteers can come on any day. New participants are most welcome. In addition to the annual Landscape & Garden Day in September, there are three significant mid-July events at ICC.  These events are the Midwest Regional Hosta Society convention, the Garden Clubs of Illinois convention, and a Bradley University OLLI class. Master Gardeners interested in joining the group working at Illinois Central College can contact Phil Adams, (309)648-6192. Project Chair-Phil Adams -

 Jubilee Butterfly Garden…...11817 W. Jubilee College Rd., Brimfield. Workdays for the Butterfly Garden are Thursdays from 9 - 12 PM.   Come join our great volunteers and learn lots about butterflies and butterfly gardening.  Volunteers are always welcome to take part in being "docents" in the college, helping with the prairies and butterfly garden restoration. Call Patricia Melaik  (217) 836-2554 for more information. Project Chair-Patricia Melaik - (217) 836-2554

 Jubilee Prairie Dawgs…...Prairie restoration and conservation of native plants at Jubilee College State Park.  Work days are 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month 9:00-12:00. Contact Doug Franks – (309) 868 -9180 for more information. Project Chair- Doug Franks  – (309) 868 -9180

North Valley Community Garden...635 Spitznagle Ave,  Peoria is a cooperative project started by North Valley community members  who are  interested in teaching local adults, children and families  how to grow their own produce. Project Chair- Jon Anderton –

Peoria Academy’s Butterfly Gardens.…Peoria Academy,2711 W. Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL 61614. The garden is a certified Monarch Watch waystation and includes includes  plantings, bushes,  and a small Coy fish pond with water lillys.  The goal is to educate all grades regarding nature, insects, and butterflies to foster love of nature, education, respect, and stewardship.  Project Chair-Kim Scott -

Peoria Farmers Market at Peoria Riverfront.  Every Saturday from the end of May through the end of September, Master Gardener volunteers set up our information booth at the Riverfront Farmers Market located near the Illinois River in Peoria IL.  Booth set up begins at 7:30am with the booth open from 8:00am to Noon.  MGs share extension information, answer gardening questions, and enjoy the surroundings of the ever growing market.  Join us for a Saturday or two during season for a fun and interesting volunteer experience.  For more inforation, call May Bach at (309)397-5008. Project Chair-May Bach - may.bach23455@yahoo

Speakers Bureau……topics available for groups on various garden related topics. Go to or call Paula Lane 309-543-3308 for more information. Handled by Extension Staff- Paula Lane -

Sterling Middle School Education Garden…  Peoria, is an educational garden teaching middle school  Garden Club students about horticultural practices and how to grow their own food. Project Chair-Kathy McLaughlin -

United Presbyterian Church “Adopt a Garden”….at 2400 W Northmoor Rd in Peoria.  Currently there are 4 gardens that have been adopted.  Kick off will be Saturday, April 23 in the morning. There will also be a quick walk through of all the gardens at the end of the morning for information sharing and perhaps plant sharing. Contact Randy Saxon or Kathy Hasselberg ( for more information. Project Chair-Randy Saxon- saxon6@comcast

Wildlife Prairie Park......4H Great Learning Garden  The garden is located near the butterfly habitat inside Wildlife Prairie Park.  Through the use of various planting methods, 4-H members and MG/MN volunteers grow produce used to feed the animal residents of the park.  Group meetings with 4-H youth members and Master Gardener advisors are held 10:00am to Noon on the last Saturday of every month January through November.  Art in the garden is a major element of our goal,  and creating fun art projects are part of every group meeting.  Regular garden work days will occur through out the season.  Please like us on Facebook at Wildlife Prairie Park 4-H Great Learning Garden for updates, additional information, and to view photos of the activities.  Call May Bach (309)397-5008 or Rebecca Knight (309)453-2729 for more information. Project Chairs-May Bach - may.bach23455@yahoo  and Rebecca Knight -     

Wildlife Prairie Park……..Kim St John Butterfly Habitat work days are on Wednesday’s 8:30-11:30, but work can be done at any am. Work starts by meeting in the parking lot by the Ranger Station. When coming through the gate, just say you are here to work on the Butterfly Habitat. Call Ron Miller (309)691-3616 for more information. Project Chair-Ron Miller -  

Master Gardener Projects - Short Term

  • Annual Spring Plant Sale - May 5, 2018 in the Metro Center farmer's market area, with sales beginning at 8am until Noon.
  • "Rhapsody in Bloom" & "Rhythm in the Rainforest" - June events at Luthy Botanical Gardens
  • Heart of Illinois Fair booth in July
  • 4-H judging at Exposition Gardens in July
  • ICC Landscape & Garden Day in September
  • Home Show at Peoria Civic Center watch for info about 2018 event

Peoria County Master Gardener Board 2018

  • Chuck Crider, president        
  • Patricia Wehage & Jane Harrison as co-vice president
  • Kathy McLaughlin, recording secretary
  • Rebecca Knight, corresponding secretary
  • Membership - Tony Anderson
  • Projects  - Bill Johnson
  • Volunteer Coordinator (nominations) - Hila Swanson
  • Education Coordinator (training rep) - Chris Grafelman
  • Marketing – Patricia Melaik
  • Editor - Patricia Melaik
  • Financial Secretary – Randy Huber
  • IL Master Gardener Advisory Board Members - Lee Maki
  • Master Gardener Advisory team Peoria County Representatives – Randy Saxon & Patricia Melaik

Peoria Documents and Meeting Minutes